Good news for football, finances

And now for some good news: One of New Mexico’s best high school football players has decided to stay home and go to college at Eastern New Mexico University.

Kamal Cass, who runs 40 yards in 4.4 seconds and set Clovis High School career records for rushing and touchdowns, made his announcement on Wednesday.

The 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico could compete at many Division I schools, but his speed will make him a scoring threat on every play in Division II.

“Of course, the speed is the No. 1 thing,” said Greyhounds coach Josh Lynn. “He can outrun people.”

Lynn said Cass’ diverse talents can help him be successful in the ’Hounds offensive backfield, but he may be more valuable on special teams.

“I wouldn’t kick to him …,” Lynn said.

We hope ENMU opponents will risk it now and again. We look forward to four more years of fun, just watching Cass run.


Audit refreshing news

Curry County has been the subject of much-deserved criticism in this space in recent years, but here’s something to celebrate: The county received its annual audit report last week and Accounting & Consulting Group, LLC of Clovis found no concerns.

That’s a rarity for any audit involving a public entity, according to Ray Roberts of the accounting group. This was the first audit his company has done in 20 years with no findings, and it conducted 61 governmental audits just last year, Roberts told county commissioners.

“I attribute it to elected officials and department heads working together to comply with state and federal policies,” Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said.

County commissioners have made some terrible decisions in the past decade, mostly related to the jail and transparency in their dealings with the public. But the people who work in the courthouse every day seem to be responsible with handling taxpayer money, the audit suggests.

Pyle said the county has been able to add to its cash reserve funds three of the last six years. The state requires $3.3 million in that reserve fund; it has a balance of nearly $8 million today.

Every public entity can be more thrifty in handing out public funds and Curry County is no exception. But at least the county’s paper trail appears to be in order.

Unsigned editorials are the opinion of the Clovis Media Inc. editorial board, which includes Publisher Ray Sullivan and Editor David Stevens.

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